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Season 1

(12 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s01e01 Private Conversations Tue, 24 Jun 1986
s01e02 Philip Johnson: a Self-Portrait Tue, 1 Jul 1986
s01e03 Katherine Anne Porter: the Eye of Memory Tue, 8 Jul 1986
s01e04 Unknown Chaplin (1) Tue, 15 Jul 1986
s01e05 Unknown Chaplin (2) Tue, 22 Jul 1986
s01e06 Unknown Chaplin (3) Tue, 29 Jul 1986
s01e07 Billie Holliday: the Long Night of Lady Day Tue, 5 Aug 1986
s01e08 James Levine: a Life in Music Tue, 12 Aug 1986
s01e09 Aaron Copland: a Self-Portrait Tue, 19 Aug 1986
s01e10 Thomas Eakins: a Motion Portrait Tue, 26 Aug 1986
s01e11 Georgia O'Keefe Tue, 2 Sep 1986
s01e12 Eugene O'Neill: Glory of Ghosts Tue, 9 Sep 1986

Season 2

(10 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s02e01 Isaac in America Tue, 7 Jul 1987
s02e02 Directed by William Wyler Tue, 14 Jul 1987
s02e03 Rubinstein Remembered Tue, 21 Jul 1987
s02e04 Nik and Murray Tue, 28 Jul 1987
s02e05 George Gershwin Remembered Tue, 25 Aug 1987
s02e06 Maurice Sendak Tue, 1 Sep 1987
s02e07 The Negro Ensemble Company Tue, 15 Sep 1987
s02e08 Unanswered Prayers: the Life and Times of Truman Capote Tue, 22 Sep 1987
s02e09 The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table Tue, 29 Sep 1987
s02e10 Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow Thu, 19 Nov 1987

Season 3

(8 episodes)
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s03e01 Lillian Gish: the Actor's Life for Me Tue, 12 Jul 1988
s03e02 A Duke Named Ellington Tue, 19 Jul 1988
s03e03 Andre Keretz of the Cities Tue, 9 Aug 1988
s03e04 Aretha Franklin: the Queen of Soul Tue, 23 Aug 1988
s03e05 Rivera in America Tue, 30 Aug 1988
s03e06 Saint-Gaudens: Masque of the Golden Bowl Tue, 6 Sep 1988
s03e07 Neil Simon: Not Just for Laughs Thu, 9 Mar 1989
s03e08 Broadway's Dreamers: the Legacy of Group Theater Tue, 27 Jun 1989

Season 4

(10 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s04e01 Harold Clurman: a Life of Theater Tue, 4 Jul 1989
s04e02 Stella Adler: Awake and Dream Tue, 11 Jul 1989
s04e03 Satchmo: the Life of Louis Armstrong Tue, 1 Aug 1989
s04e04 James Baldwin: the Price of the Ticket Tue, 15 Aug 1989
s04e05 Celebrating Bird: the Triumph of Charlie Parker Fri, 18 Aug 1989
s04e06 Jasper Johns: Ideas in Paint Tue, 12 Sep 1989
s04e07 Mort Sahl: the Loyal Opposition Tue, 19 Sep 1989
s04e08 W. Eugene Smith: Photography Made Difficult Tue, 26 Sep 1989
s04e09 Harold Lloyd: the Third Genius Thu, 16 Nov 1989
s04e10 Milos Forman: Portrait Thu, 21 Dec 1989

Season 5

(8 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s05e01 Preston Sturges: the Rise and Fall of an American Dreamer Tue, 3 Jul 1990
s05e02 John Cassavetes Tue, 10 Jul 1990
s05e03 Martin Scorsese Directs Tue, 17 Jul 1990
s05e04 You're the Tops: the Cole Porter Story Tue, 24 Jul 1990
s05e05 Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter Tue, 31 Jul 1990
s05e06 John Hammond: From Bessie Smith to Bruce Springsteen Tue, 21 Aug 1990
s05e07 Sanford Meisner: the Theater's Best Kept Secret Tue, 28 Aug 1990
s05e08 John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It Tue, 18 Sep 1990

Season 6

(7 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s06e01 Helen Hayes: First Lady of the American Theater Tue, 2 Jul 1991
s06e02 Miracle on 44th Street: Actor's Studio Tue, 9 Jul 1991
s06e03 Albert Einstein: How I See the World Tue, 23 Jul 1991
s06e04 Sarah Vaughan: the Divine One Tue, 30 Jul 1991
s06e05 Frederic Remington: the Truth of Other Days Tue, 6 Aug 1991
s06e06 Menuhin: a Family Portrait Tue, 13 Aug 1991
s06e07 Robert Motherwell and the New York School Tue, 27 Aug 1991

Season 7

(5 episodes)
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s07e01 Ray Charles: the Genius of Soul Sat, 4 Jan 1992
s07e02 Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time Sun, 15 Mar 1992
s07e03 George Lucas: Heroes, Myths, and Magic Wed, 18 Mar 1992
s07e04 D. W. Griffith: Father of Film Wed, 25 Mar 1992
s07e05 Waldo Salt: a Screenwriter's Journey Sat, 2 May 1992

Season 8

(6 episodes)
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s08e01 Benny Goodman: Adventures in the Kingdom of Swing Thu, 9 Dec 1993
s08e02 Martha Graham: the Dancer Revealed Sat, 14 May 1994
s08e03 Rediscovering Will Rogers Thu, 1 Dec 1994
s08e04 Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage Tue, 20 Dec 1994
s08e05 Placido Domingo: a Musical Life Thu, 16 Feb 1995
s08e06 Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul Thu, 23 Mar 1995

Season 9

(5 episodes)
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s09e01 Rod Serling: Submitted for Your Approval Thu, 30 Nov 1995
s09e02 William Styron: the Way of the Writer Tue, 23 Jan 1996
s09e03 Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light Thu, 25 Jan 1996
s09e04 Buckminster Fuller: Thinking Out Loud Thu, 11 Apr 1996
s09e05 Nichols and May: Take Two Thu, 18 Apr 1996

Season 10

(5 episodes)
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s10e01 Lena Horne: In Her Own Voice Tue, 26 Nov 1996
s10e02 Danny Kaye: a Legacy of Laughter Wed, 11 Dec 1996
s10e03 Man Ray: Prophet of the Avant Garde Thu, 10 Apr 1997
s10e04 Jack Paar: As I Was Saying Thu, 8 May 1997
s10e05 Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper Thu, 26 Jun 1997

Season 11

(6 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s11e01 The Life and Times of Allen Ginsburg Thu, 18 Sep 1997
s11e02 Vaudeville Thu, 27 Nov 1997
s11e03 Billy Wilder: the Human Comedy Thu, 5 Feb 1998
s11e04 Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart Thu, 30 Apr 1998
s11e05 Don Hewitt: 90 Minutes on 60 Minutes Sat, 2 May 1998
s11e06 Alexander Calder Thu, 18 Jun 1998

Season 12

(7 episodes)
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s12e01 Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Moon Thu, 29 Oct 1998
s12e02 The Line King: Al Hirschfield Thu, 7 Jan 1999
s12e03 Paul Robeson: Here I Stand Thu, 25 Feb 1999
s12e04 Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius Thu, 8 Apr 1999
s12e05 The Lives of Lillian Hellman Thu, 1 Jul 1999
s12e06 Dashiell Hammett: Detective, Writer Thu, 8 Jul 1999
s12e07 Yours for a Song: the Women of Tin Pan Alley Thu, 19 Aug 1999

Season 13

(7 episodes)
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s13e01 Hitchcock, Selznick, and the End of Hollywood Tue, 2 Nov 1999
s13e02 Norman Rockwell: Painting in America Thu, 25 Nov 1999
s13e03 Ella Fitzgerald: Something to Live For Thu, 9 Dec 1999
s13e04 Paul Taylor: Dancemaker Thu, 6 Jan 2000
s13e05 Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light Thu, 3 Feb 2000
s13e06 Isaac Stern: Life's Virtuoso Thu, 13 Apr 2000
s13e07 The Source: the Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation Thu, 1 Jun 2000

Season 14

(8 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s14e01 Clint Eastwood: Out of the Shadows Thu, 28 Sep 2000
s14e02 Mailer on Mailer Thu, 5 Oct 2000
s14e03 On Cukor Thu, 23 Nov 2000
s14e04 Lucille Ball: Finding Lucy Mon, 4 Dec 2000
s14e05 Bob Marley: Rebel Music Thu, 15 Feb 2001
s14e06 A Conversation with Gregory Peck Tue, 10 Apr 2001
s14e07 Alfred Steiglitz: the Eloquent Eye Tue, 17 Apr 2001
s14e08 Edward S. Curtis and the North American Indians Tue, 24 Apr 2001

Season 15

(8 episodes)
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s15e01 Goldwyn: the Man and His Movies Mon, 8 Oct 2001
s15e02 F. Scott Fitzgerald: Winter Dreams Mon, 15 Oct 2001
s15e03 Richard Rodgers: the Sweetest Sounds Mon, 22 Oct 2001
s15e04 Quincy Jones: In the Pocket Mon, 19 Nov 2001
s15e05 Good Rockin' Tonight: the Legacy of Sun Records Thu, 29 Nov 2001
s15e06 Merce Cunningham: a Lifetime of Dance Mon, 17 Dec 2001
s15e07 Ralph Ellison: An American Journey Wed, 20 Feb 2002
s15e08 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Thu, 21 Mar 2002

Season 16

(8 episodes)
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s16e01 Willie Nelson: Still is Still Moving Thu, 3 Oct 2002
s16e02 Lon Chaney: a Thousand Faces Thu, 31 Oct 2002
s16e03 Juilliard Thu, 30 Jan 2003
s16e04 Alice Waters and Her Delicious Revolution Thu, 20 Mar 2003
s16e05 Joni Mitchell: a Woman of Heart and Mind Thu, 3 Apr 2003
s16e06 Muddy Waters: Can't Be Satisfied Thu, 24 Apr 2003
s16e07 Robert Capa: In Love and War Thu, 29 May 2003
s16e08 The Education of Gore Vidal Thu, 31 Jul 2003

Season 17

(8 episodes)
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s17e01 Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan, and the Blacklist Thu, 4 Sep 2003
s17e02 James Brown: Soul Survivor Thu, 30 Oct 2003
s17e03 Cary Grant: a Class Apart Thu, 8 Jan 2004
s17e04 Balanchine Thu, 15 Jan 2004
s17e05 Judy Garland: By Myself Thu, 26 Feb 2004
s17e06 Henry Luce and Time-Life's America: a Vision of Empire Fri, 30 Apr 2004
s17e07 Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues Thu, 24 Jun 2004
s17e08 Julia! America's Favorite Chef Thu, 19 Aug 2004

Season 18

(7 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s18e01 James Dean: Sense Memories Thu, 12 May 2005
s18e02 Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice Thu, 30 Jun 2005
s18e03 George Stevens: a Filmmaker's Journey Thu, 7 Jul 2005
s18e04 Bob Newhart: Unbuttoned Thu, 21 Jul 2005
s18e05 Willa Cather: the Road is All Thu, 8 Sep 2005
s18e06 Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea Thu, 15 Sep 2005
s18e07 Bob Dylan: No Direction Home Wed, 28 Sep 2005

Season 19

(8 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s19e01 John Ford/John Wayne: the Filmmaker and the Legend Thu, 11 May 2006
s19e02 The World of Nat King Cole Thu, 18 May 2006
s19e03 Woody Guthrie: Ain't Got No Home Thu, 13 Jul 2006
s19e04 Marilyn Monroe: Still Life Thu, 20 Jul 2006
s19e05 Walter Cronkite: Witness to History Thu, 27 Jul 2006
s19e06 Andy Warhol: a Documentary Thu, 21 Sep 2006
s19e07 Sketches of Frank Gehry Thu, 28 Sep 2006
s19e08 Annie Leibovitz: Through a Lens Thu, 4 Jan 2007

Season 20

(9 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s20e01 Novel Reflections on the American Dream Thu, 5 Apr 2007
s20e02 Atlantic Records: the House That Ahmet Built Thu, 3 May 2007
s20e03 Les Paul: Chasing the Sound Thu, 12 Jul 2007
s20e04 David Hockney: the Colors of Music Thu, 19 Jul 2007
s20e05 John James Audubon: Drawn from Nature Thu, 26 Jul 2007
s20e06 Tony Bennett: the Music Never Ends Thu, 13 Sep 2007
s20e07 Orozco: Man of Fire Thu, 20 Sep 2007
s20e08 Good Ol' Charles Schulz Tue, 30 Oct 2007
s20e09 Carol Burnett: a Woman of Character Tue, 6 Nov 2007

Season 21

(5 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s21e01 Pete Seeger: the Power of Song Thu, 28 Feb 2008
s21e02 Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun Thu, 10 Apr 2008
s21e03 Marvin Gaye: What's Goin' On Thu, 8 May 2008
s21e04 You Must Remember This Wed, 24 Sep 2008
s21e05 The Brothers Warner Fri, 26 Sep 2008

Season 22

(7 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s22e01 Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About Thu, 29 Jan 2009
s22e02 Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts Thu, 9 Apr 2009
s22e03 Hollywood Chinese Thu, 28 May 2009
s22e04 Neil Young: Don't Be Denied Thu, 11 Jun 2009
s22e06 Trumbo Thu, 3 Sep 2009
s22e07 Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound Thu, 15 Oct 2009
s22e08 Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women Tue, 29 Dec 2009

Season 23

(8 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s23e01 Sam Cooke: Crossing Over Tue, 12 Jan 2010
s23e02 I.M. Pei: Building China Modern Thu, 1 Apr 2010
s23e03 The Doors: When You’re Strange Thu, 13 May 2010
s23e04 Merle Haggard: Learning to Live With Myself Thu, 22 Jul 2010
s23e05 Cachao: Uno Mas Tue, 21 Sep 2010
s23e06 A Letter to Elia Tue, 5 Oct 2010
s23e07 Lennon NYC Tue, 23 Nov 2010
s23e08 Glenn Gould: Genius Within Tue, 28 Dec 2010

Season 24

(9 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s24e01 Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides Thu, 13 Jan 2011
s24e02 Troubadours: James Taylor/Carole King and the Rise of the Singer-Songwriter Thu, 3 Mar 2011
s24e03 John Muir in the New World Tue, 19 Apr 2011
s24e04 Maestro James Levine: 40 Years at the Met Thu, 2 Jun 2011
s24e05 Pearl Jam Twenty Sat, 22 Oct 2011
s24e06 Bill T. Jones: A Good Man Sat, 12 Nov 2011
s24e07 Woody Allen (1) Mon, 21 Nov 2011
s24e08 Woody Allen (2) Tue, 22 Nov 2011
s24e09 Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter Tue, 20 Dec 2011

Season 25

(8 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s25e01 Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune Tue, 24 Jan 2012
s25e02 Cab Calloway: Sketches Tue, 28 Feb 2012
s25e03 Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel Tue, 3 Apr 2012
s25e04 Harper Lee: Hey, Boo! Tue, 3 Apr 2012
s25e05 Johnny Carson: King of Late Night Tue, 15 May 2012
s25e06 The Day Carl Sandburg Died Tue, 25 Sep 2012
s25e07 Inventing David Geffen Wed, 21 Nov 2012
s25e08 Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance Sat, 29 Dec 2012

Season 26

(6 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s26e01 Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock and Roll Sat, 23 Feb 2013
s26e02 Philip Roth: Unmasked Sat, 30 Mar 2013
s26e03 Mel Brooks Makes a Noise Tue, 21 May 2013
s26e04 Billie Jean King Wed, 11 Sep 2013
s26e05 Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin' Wed, 6 Nov 2013
s26e06 Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love Sat, 28 Dec 2013

Season 27

(8 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s27e01 Salinger Wed, 22 Jan 2014
s27e02 Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth Sat, 8 Feb 2014
s27e03 A Fierce Green Fire Wed, 23 Apr 2014
s27e04 Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself Sat, 17 May 2014
s27e05 Tanaquil La Clercq: Afternoon of a Faun Sat, 21 Jun 2014
s27e06 Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning Sat, 30 Aug 2014
s27e07 The Boomer List: American Experience Wed, 24 Sep 2014
s27e08 Bing Crosby Rediscovered Wed, 3 Dec 2014

Season 28

(7 episodes)
Episode # Title Airing date watched All / None
s28e01 Ricky Jay: Deceptive Practice Sat, 24 Jan 2015
s28e02 August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand Sat, 21 Feb 2015
s28e03 God's Fiddler: Jascha Heifetz Fri, 17 Apr 2015
s28e04 American Ballet Theatre: A History Sat, 16 May 2015
s28e05 Althea Sat, 5 Sep 2015
s28e06 Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey Sat, 19 Sep 2015
s28e07 The Women's List Sat, 26 Sep 2015